Sixteen year old Betty Fondren, orphaned by the death of her father, the Gibson's tenant farmer, finds herself alone in West Texas. The Gibsons take her in temporarily but theirs is a big family in a crowded house. A letter to relatives in Kansas is returned; they have moved and left no address. Then an opportunity is offered when a lady novelist moves nearby, and Betty has a chance to board with her and do the chores, to pay her way in part. Miss Danna is finding problems in her current writing, and Betty learns that the romance mirrors the author's own life. And in her deepening affection and understanding of Andra Danna, Betty finds her own way to happiness with young Gil Gibson, and the life he has chosen on the farm that will eventually be his. Fortuitous in development and unmotivated, this seems an ineffectual attempt.